United Airlines and Jaguar North America have launched the first gate-to-gate airport transfer service powered by an all-electric fleet in the US.
Starting this month at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, select MileagePlus Premier members can enjoy chauffeured rides between their connecting aircraft in the 2023 Jaguar I-PACE HSE, the first all-electric performance SUV from Jaguar. The vehicles will go into service at United hubs in Denver, Houston, Newark/New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles by the end of the year. These SUVs are expected to make an estimated 60 trips per day and transfer more than 1,000 United customers daily.
"United is working to lead with innovation and purpose that motivates the industry to do better for our customers and communities. Partnering with Jaguar to deploy an all-electric fleet is not only a smart business move, as we know customers consider sustainability when booking travel, it is the right thing to do," said marketing & loyalty VP and MileagePlus president Luc Bondar.
United's ground transfer service is a surprise benefit for select Premier MileagePlus members with tight connections at the air carrier's US hub airports. The service is revealed only on landing, when the member is greeted by a specialised Premier Services agent who shows them to the vehicle on the tarmac and accompanies them to their connecting flight.
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